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Enable basic screen options after fresh installation of WordPress 3.1

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March 2, 2011

WordPress 3.1 is bundled with a lot of new features, taking it extra miles further. But as with any update, there are certain some shortcomings to this version of WordPress as well. After installing WordPress 3.1, a user may find a lot of new options right out of the box but also find some things missing. Like, if you are fond of adding excerpts to your blog posts, you’ll instantly miss the text box for adding excerpt in the post area. So what does that mean, has wordpress given away with the post excerpt option? Certainly not, Maybe, WordPress developers think that the Excerpt is used by fewer people and thus has hidden it by default.
Wordpress 3.1 show post excerpt
To enable excerpt in WordPress 3.1 you will simply need to modify the screen options. Click on “Add New Post” from your Dashboard and click on “Screen Options” located at the upper right corner. This will show a handful of checkboxes that will toggle the modules on or off on the Posting Area. The checkbox for the post excerpt is unchecked by default. Put a tickmark on it and you’ll instantly see the textbox for adding excerpt. Other fields like “Featured Image”, “Send Trackbacks”, “Custom Fields”, “Discussion”, “Slug” and “Author” are also hidden by default. Simply tick the checkboxes and you’ll start seeing them right away on the Posting area.

The screen options vary for different sections within the Dashboard. For example, the screen options on the main Dashboard give you the option to show/hide widgets like “Quickpress”, “recent drafts” etc.

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WordPress 3.1 is bundled with a lot of new features, taking it extra miles further. But as with any update, there are certain some shortcomings to this version of WordPress as well. After installing WordPress 3.1, a user may find a lot of new options right out of the box but also find some things missing. Like, if you are fond of adding excerpts to your blog posts, you’ll instantly miss the text box for adding excerpt in the post area. So what does that mean, has wordpress given away with the post excerpt option? Certainly not, Maybe, WordPress developers think that the Excerpt is used by fewer people and thus has hidden it by default.

To enable excerpt in WordPress 3.1 you will simply need to modify the screen options. Click on “Add New Post” from your Dashboard and click on “Screen Options” located at the upper right corner. This will show a handful of checkboxes that will toggle the modules on or off on the Posting Area. The checkbox for the post excerpt is unchecked by default. Put a tickmark on it and you’ll instantly see the textbox for adding excerpt. Other fields like “Featured Image”, “Send Trackbacks”, “Custom Fields”, “Discussion”, “Slug” and “Author” are also hidden by default. Simply tick the checkboxes and you’ll start seeing them right away on the Posting area.

The screen options vary for different sections within the Dashboard. For example, the screen options on the main Dashboard give you the option to show/hide widgets like “Quickpress”, “recent drafts” etc.

 

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  • Bishal Adhikary

    How are you adding thumbnails to your posts? by using a wordpress plugin or using the native function of WordPress. If you are using a plugin, its highly likely that the plugin isn’t compatible with the latest version of WordPress i.e. 3.1. But you can use the function available on wordpress to show the thumbnails. Maybe its not with the screen options.

    Here is how you do it.

    In order to do this, you need to copy and paste the following code in your theme’s functions.php.

    add_theme_support( ‘post-thumbnails’ );
    set_post_thumbnail_size( 200, 200, true ); // Normal post thumbnails
    add_image_size( ‘single-post-thumbnail’, 400, 9999 ); // Permalink thumbnail size

    After you have added the above code to your functions.php file, you can add this to the index.php and single.php files if you want. This requires inserting a code into the layout to call the thumbnail into the post.

    Once you do this, you need to adding into your style sheet some CSS. For example:

    .attachment-post-thumbnail {
    float:left;
    margin:5px;
    }

    For detailed info, see this,

    http://www.famousbloggers.net/3-wordpress-tricks.html

  • damien

    Well, I don’t know where it comes from but there is only one line of options in the “Screen Options” and no featured image there… what is going on? Could it be that my theme is not compatible with 3.1 for those options?

    Weird and disconcerting… I downgraded to 3.05… and can’t see how I could upgrade anytime soon…

  • damien

    Thanks, I will try that later on, I am using the native function of WordPress…

    Have a nice day.

  • Bishal Adhikary

    OK. It would be easier to do by using the native function of wordpress. You too have a nice day.

  • Bpositive1

    Hi, I just loaded WordPress 3.1. For some reason I don’t have the “Screen Options” button at the upper right of the screen. I’m using a Mac. Am I doing something wrong?
    Thanks,
    D

  • Anonymous

    Its not an issue with your operating system. If you are using chrome, it is
    highly likely that you don’t see the screen options.

  • Bpositive1

    Thanks. I actually tried deactivating the plugins and the screen options reappeared.

  • Anonymous

    😉

  • Tik

    Thank you very much.

  • Bishal Adhikary

    welcome 😉

  • Wow! i thought i messed up something which is causing this issue. Thank you for posting this simple thing as there were lots of forum where people were asking to add something either in functions.php or install a plugin for this.

  • Anonymous

    You’re welcome. Actually there are a lot of things that need to be
    configured in the latest version of wordpress. 🙂

  • Bigfiles

    Thank you for this. Am I missing something, or is there a way to always show some of the missing fields (in my case, I *always* use excerpt and custom fields.).

    A bit tedious to repeatedly click on “Screen options”, tick them to enable them, etc…..

  • Anonymous

    excerpts can also be shown from the screen options. Could you be clearer?

  • Bigfiles

    Yes, I realise this – but is there some way of always enabling it, since I always use it? Right now, to show either screen options or excerpt (or any of the other fields not hidden before), it is a matter of

    1) Click on Screen Options to open “Show on Screen”

    2) Tick both Excerpt and Custom Fields

    3) Then go down to Excerpt and Custom Fields to edit each

    4) AFAIK in the previous versions these were always visible – is there a way to keep them visible 24/7, instead of having to go through the steps above?

    It’s not a hassle when you only have to edit two or three posts, but when you have quite a few, it does tend to become laborious.

  • Anonymous

    once done, you won’t have to do it again and again. It is saved in settings
    automatically. Maybe you are using Google Chrome. The screen options thing
    has an issue with Google Chrome. Try doing it on Firefox.

  • Anonymous

    The featured image problem happened to me when I installed WP3.1.3 with a multisite and using a child TwentyTen theme 
    If you are using a network the featured image meta box is NOT activated by default. You have to go to your network settings and half way down there is a uploads settings section. There you have to tick the select boxes for images and video etc.
    Once you save that and go to your site then the featured image meta box appears. It seems a bit stupid not to have it set by default. There is also a way to have many of the meta boxes open by default so if you always use them this could be useful
    see    
    http://wordpress.org/support/topic/extra-fields-dissapeared-in-new-post  to add a function to your function.php page ..
    Hope this helps someone from wasting the time that I did …. 

  • Anonymous

    This is really very helpful. Thank you @mikexmpt:disqus

  • Thanks a ton Bpositive1, After 3 years your one line solution helped me.